Macron called on Israel to defend itself without civilian casualties

Israel has the right to defend itself, but must avoid civilian casualties. This was stated by French President Emanuel Macron in an address to the nation.

France stands in solidarity with Israel and its people in “a legal response to terrorist attacks,” Macron said. The French President stressed that Israel has the right to self-defense, but must do so purposefully, “preserving the civilian population,” transmits his words Le Monde. He called on Tel Aviv to respond “strongly and fairly.”

In his address, Macron said that 13 French citizens were killed during the fighting in Israel. It was previously reported that another 17 French were missing. According to Macron, the authorities are doing everything possible to return the hostages.

Macron addressed the nation amid rising anti-Semitic sentiments. Authorities had previously banned pro-Palestinian demonstrations, but media reported that on Thursday evening several hundred people gathered in a square in Paris in support of the Palestinians.

The aggravation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict began on the morning of October 7, when the Palestinian group Hamas began military operations against Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the government announced that the country had entered a state of war.

The number of victims of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has exceeded 2,400 people. Israel reported 1,300 dead and 3,300 injured. As a result of the response in the Gaza Strip, almost 1,200 people were killed and 5,600 were injured.

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